If you're looking for the best drone for kids or newbies, you've come to the right place. Toy drones are perfect for small kids who may not have aspirations to pilot an aircraft for long. As much as we love the Mavic Air 2, unless your child has a lot of flight time under their belt, it's probably not the best fit. Mini drones are excellent for newbies and young children who want to get better at flying while navigating a whole new world. Drones vary in size, cost, range, durability, and handling. We've rounded up a list of our favorite drones for kids and newbies. Check it out.
Best drone to grow into
Designed with beginners in mind, the Holy Stone HS110D is an easy-to-learn flyer with a 1080P HD camera that captures incredible, distortion-free footage. The HS110D is a stable aircraft with voice control, so you can tell it to take off and it will do just that. It also has gesture control, a gravity sensor, and headless mode. This kit from Holy Stone comes with a quadcopter, two batteries, and a remote control.
Best value drone
The UFO 4000 from Force1 keeps the blades fully protected so your novice pilot can bump into walls and trees while learning to fly without causing damage. Bright LEDs allow for night flights indoors and out, and it glows in red, blue, and white. This is an excellent stunt drone and interactive toy for beginners. It's capable of 360-degree flips with the touch of a button, and the battery life is 18 minutes per charge.
Beginner buttons galore
The DEERC D20 is a durable mini drone outfitted with a 720P HD FPV camera. It's magically simple to learn and has a few beginner features not found in other models. For example, you can tap the landing, and the drone will descend to the ground without further instruction. The propellers all have guards to ensure a safe voyage, and they fold in when not in use.
Best for older kids
If you have a drone pilot with some hours under their belt, the DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo is the way to go. This lightweight drone weighs as much as an apple and fits in the palm of your hand. It has a 3-axis gimbal with a 4K camera for buttery smooth footage. The battery on the Mini 2 lasts a hair over half an hour, so you can log some serious practice. This combo comes with the drone, a remote, three batteries, spare propellers, and a pair of control sticks.
The new Potensic A20 is a beginner-friendly quadcopter for kids. The propellers are protected, making it safe to fly indoors or out. The simple remote is easy for kids to operate and learn. It even has one button take-off. Get the A20 in neon green or red. It comes with a remote and three batteries.
There are no fancy remotes to learn, just hands-on experience and fun. The Force 1 Scoot Duo and drone kit comes with two drones for double the fun. Infrared sensors prevent the drones from flying into walls and other obstacles, and all the essential bits are protected with a webbed shell. These are indoor hover drones that come complete with blinking LED lights. Just toss these drones into the air and let the fun begin.
A nano drone
The tiny Holyton HT02 is so tiny it will fit in the palm of your child's hand. With propeller bumper guards all the way around, it's protected from falls and bangs against objects. This is a beginner-friendly drone with a simple remote that puts you in charge of hovering, take-offs, landings, and whizzing through the air. This package deal comes with three batteries that last for 24 minutes of air time.
Best beginner stunt drone
EACHINE specializes in toy-class drones that are a blast to fly. The E010 is a mini quadcopter that's good for indoor or outdoor flights. The propellers are guard-protected, and the simple remote has a one-key return. Best of all, the E010 is built for stunts. You'll learn 3D flips and rollovers in one afternoon.
What's the right drone for you?
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A drone is a great gift for kids (and adults) of any age. Mini drones are inexpensive, easy to learn, and provide countless hours of fun for the whole family. Which drone is right for you?
If I had to pick one drone, I'd grab the Holy Stone HS110D. This mini quadcopter is simple for beginners, thanks to its ability to listen to voice commands, and it has enough advanced features to keep older kids and those with some flight time under their belts challenged.
If you have young kids and don't want to invest too much, grab the Force1 UFO 4000. The blades are protected at all times, so they can never snap off when your little pilot runs into a wall or tree.
If performing drone stunts is on your list of must-haves, you'll love the EACHINE E010. It's a mini toy drone that performs 3D flips and rollovers with ease, and it's so much fun to fly.
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